(Article by Tony G.) I read Alice Sebold’s The Lovely Bones earlier this year and fell in love with the story. Peter Jackson is absolutely perfect to direct this dark tale, which I’m basing primarily on having seen the sublime Heavenly Creatures.
Now his film finally has a cast member with Rachel Weisz. She will play the mother of a girl who is abducted and murdered, and has to try and reform her life around this loss. Of course you never know the direction that adaptations will take, but the character in the book has plenty of terrific moments, so this should be a great role to play.
Here is a section from the blurb on the book cover to give you an idea about the world that Jackson is going to create…I can’t wait!
“My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973. My murderer was a man from our neighborhood. My mother liked his border flowers, and my father talked to him once about fertilizer.” This is Susie Salmon. Watching from heaven, Susie sees her happy, suburban family devastated by her death, isolated even from one another as they each try to cope with their terrible loss alone. Over the years, her friends and siblings grow up, fall in love, do all the things she never had the chance to do herself. But life is not quite finished with Susie yet …
You can find out more on this news here (and any excuse for a Rachel Weisz picture below)